My resolve to make this blog about the photography rather than the photographer, continues to instill a very real hesitation about any type of personal introduction.  Consequently, you won’t find a gallery of self-portraits.  You won’t find a grand listing of my accomplishments.  And, you won’t find a trail of universities and impressive internships.  Goodness, I’m not really that interesting anyway!  🙂

So, who am I?


My mother once said to me, “Son, you’ve lived a very interesting life.”  Wow!  That made me sound ancient – you know, like all the best life events were behind me.  But that’s not what she meant, at all.  She was talking about the risks I’ve taken that led to all of these interesting turns in my life.


  • Making my singing debut at the very young age of 12, before an audience of more than 2,000 people.
  • The flight from Ohio to Iowa on my company’s private plane.  The flight that would end in an emergency (FAA declared crash) landing on a deserted highway in Illinois.  The flight that would bring an FAA investigation resulting in the permanent grounding of our pilot.  Harrowing to say the least.
  • The cross-country move a young man made with his wife and two small children.  A move from a small town in Iowa to the Los Angeles Basin.  Talk about culture shock!
  • The framed personal invitation from Bob Hope himself, inviting me to an intimate gathering he was hosting at his home honoring Maestro Paul Salamunovich, the director of the Los Angeles Master Chorale.

The Invitation from Bob Hope - "Thanks for the Memories"

  • Hosting a radio program for several years broadcasting throughout the Rocky Mountain and plains states region.
  • And, several other life events like teaching high school, founding a church in Colorado, and nearly dying from a mysterious disease that still manages to confound the medical team assigned to my case.

And now, I look forward to another life accomplishment – photographer!  I hope you’ll join me on this amazing journey that will ultimately lead me into the arena of professional photography.  Come along as I chronicle the successes and failures along the way.  Interact as I share tips while soliciting your preferences about my photography.  Become a part of the journey and see what you can learn, too.  It’s going to be quite a ride!

But, I certainly wouldn’t want to bore you by continuing.  So, I’ll say this: I’m a man who did indeed marry his high school sweetheart.  I have two amazing sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, and four wonderful grandchildren.  I’m very fortunate to live in Southern California and feel blessed to have my family close by.

Hi!  I’m Steve Thomas.  Glad to meet you!

Glad to Meet You!

You’re right, this picture isn’t a high quality shot!  Trust me, it’s really better that way!



~ by photographyfree4all on March 19, 2011.

14 Responses to “WHO IS BEHIND PHOTOGRAPHYFREE4ALL? Part 3 The Final Revelation”

  1. The most interesting people have never led a dull and boring life. Thank you for sharing with us. It gives us a deeper interest in you and your work. ~ Lynda


  2. Hi, Lynda. I have to say, I’ve enjoyed the blogging community and look forward to our continued discussions! Your comments are always helpful and very much appreciated, Lynda! Thanks!


  3. Pleasure to meet you Steve! Glad to be a participant of your very interesting and informative blog.


  4. Nice to read your blog and get to know you. I wish you joy on your journey. May you never lack for interesting things to capture.


  5. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Steve, and see the face behind the wonderful photographs. 🙂


  6. Barb, it’s been great having you contribute so much with your comments and encouragement! Thank you so much.


  7. Thank you for your well wishes, Dawn! I’m so glad you share your comments here. They’re always encouraging to me!


  8. I’m glad you’re so active with your comment contributions, Robin! And, it’s alway fun to see the new “feet” pictures you use!! Great job! 🙂


  9. Steve, I may not always comment, but just know I do always read your posts as they bring a smile to my face. 😀


  10. I appreciate that, David! I know people don’t always feel compelled to respond. But, I’m glad you do comment from time to time! Thanks for all those great comments.


  11. The list of accomplishments is grand!! And to remain humble through it all gives your accomplishments greater value. Cheers to you!!


  12. Hi Eric. Welcome to PF4A! Thank you for jumping in with your comment. I hope it will be the first of many! I appreciate your kind words here.


  13. Hi there, I absolutely love your site! I was looking for pictures of monarch butterflies online and came across your flickr photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/photographyfree4all/4730928477/

    You attached a link to your lovely blog there, and voila! Here I am, and I’m very glad to have seen your blog! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!


  14. Hi Mannissa! Thanks for stopping by and paying a visit today! It’s amazing to think where this huge information highway may lead! I’m glad it brought you here today, because that caused me to take a look at your blog, too! Fantastic!! Don’t be a stranger, now!


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